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More accusers come forward in sex abuse case against substitute teacher

CLEARFIELD, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – More information has been revealed in a case of alleged sex abuse involving a former Davis School District substitute teacher. 

Mark Bedel, 62, was arrested at his home in Kaysville last week.

Investigators have revealed more of what unfolded in an elementary classroom where police say Bedel sexually abused multiple students.

"It does appear more than one student was in the classroom when this happened and other students did see what was going on,” said Sgt. Kyle Jeffries with Clearfield Police Department.

More accusers have come forward and investigators worry they won't be the last.

Police want parents and students to take a close look because he's been substituting in the Davis School District since March of 2016 and they worry there could be more victims in different cities. Investigators are praising the students who came forward to report this right away, it shows why it's so important for parents to talk with their kids about this.

"In this case where it was more than one child in the same day and in the same incident that is very rare to happen,” said Sgt. Jeffries.

Police say they're shocked with how brazen Bedel was in the sexual assault of multiple students in their elementary classroom back on September 27. Since then two more accusers have come forward bring the total to five, and police worry there could be more.

"The main idea now is to get out the information for people to talk to their kids and let that communication begin and we'll find out if there are any other victims,” said Sgt. Jeffries.

Experts say while this may be an uncomfortable topic to discuss with kids, it's important to let them know there is a place to turn for help.

"That's a good way to start the conversation by saying hey you know can come and talk to me about anything that's bothering you, and then follow that up by truly listening,” said Gwen Knight with Prevent Child Abuse Utah.

Prevent Child Abuse Utah travels to schools and helps teach age appropriate ways for kids to recognize and prevent sexual abuse. Investigators say they have to handle these cases differently when it involves children and they encourage parents to report it right away without asking too many questions.

 “We need to do those interviews in a certain way so we like them to find out a basic story and then leave it alone. So that we can do our job,” said Knight.

Police expect more charges to be filed against Bedel in the coming days.
According to the Davis County Jail he is currently out of jail on a $50,000 bond.

For resources on how to talk to children about abuse visit PCAUtah.org.

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